Over the past few days, several more models of Chromebooks running Chrome OS have gained access to Android apps via Google Play Store support. Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung are just some of the brands for which specific models are now getting the update.
The 16 newest Chrome OS devices to get Google Play Store support are as follows:
Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
Asus Chromebook C202SA
ASUS Chromebook C300SA/C301SA
CTL NL61 Chromebook
Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)
Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)
Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)
HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE
HP Chromebook 13 G1
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
Lenovo N22 Chromebook
Lenovo N23 Chromebook
Samsung Chromebook 3
Mercer Chromebook NL6D
As you can see from the list above, most of these are newer models, while a few, like the Chromebook 3 from Samsung, are quite old.
In addition to these, a few other models are marked as “planned”, meaning they’ll get Google Play Store support in the future, but it’s anyone’s guess when that will actually roll out.
For a full list of all Chrome OS devices that currently support Google Play Store and Android apps, please visit the relevant Chrome OS page on the Chromium site.
The ‘Android apps on Chromebooks’ project does seem to be sporadically active, but the biggest problem is that a lot of apps on the Play Store are yet to be made fully functional on a notebook device. But it’s a tough nut for Google to crack since the majority of them are third-party apps.
Chromebooks are still in low gear as far as sales go, and estimates put global shipments as not exceeding 150 million units per year through 2021. But Chromebooks already make up more than half of all notebooks used by students in the United States, and the user base is extremely strong by any measure.
That said, however, Google can only push so hard to get developers to update their apps for the new interface that a notebook format represents. Some work has been done on Android Nougat and the upcoming Android O on that front, but there’s still a lot of effort that needs to be put in by app developers on Play Store.